Kratos Defense & Security Solutions

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Updated Jun 16, 2014

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2.9 34 reviews

67% Approve of the CEO

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions President, CEO, and Director Eric M. DeMarco

Eric M. DeMarco

(18 ratings)

36% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Bad Times with new Management

    Senior Account Manager (Former Employee) Phoenix, AZ

    ProsSolid local employees who really do care.

    ConsUpper Management has no principle or business ethics

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo back where you came from and leave this company alone.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    a corporate raider

    I Cannot Share My Job and Maintain Anonymity (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    Prosthe benefits were good. I don't have anything else good to say.

    ConsMy department was run by people who didn't know what they were doing, and treated the people who DID know what they were doing poorly. Now, the people who did the work are laid off and the managers are still there. What could they be doing?

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat the worker bees like the assets they are, and don't let managers run amuck.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A good company that went downhill due to mismanagement.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Winter Park, FL

    ProsUp until a few years ago everyone worked as a team. Communication was good and you felt like you were part of a family.

    ConsTo get a promotion, you had to be a complete screw up.
    Loyalty and hard work was never recognized.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart from scratch and get rid of all DEI management.
    The company is top heavy in management and high salaries.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Stay Clear of this company

    Account Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsEmployees who work hard as a team and attempt to support each other.

    ConsWork/life balance, lack of resources, lack of ethics in higher management. Everything is about driving the stock price.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Poor pay, little concern and no support for the regular employee

    Applications Developer (Current Employee) Herndon, VA

    ProsReally can't think of any

    ConsNot competitive wages. Little if any employee support from management. I worked at a remote location (not a Kratos facility) but was only a few miles from the regional Kratos headquarters. The manager responsible for the contract I was on never contacted me via email and only visited the site once or twice per year.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Toxic environment

    Systems Engineer (Former Employee) Colorado Springs, CO

    ProsCompany got me up and running with all the supplies, software, computer and permissions I needed within a week of starting, nice break room, could make your own hours as long as you completed your work & did the minimum 40 hrs per week

    ConsVery poor communication, if you weren't in management you knew there were secret meetings going on that you were not invited to, unrealistic deadlines, management turned a blind eye to any process improvements, lots of layoffs and not many potential contracts in the pipeline, good employees left, bad managers stayed on??? No training or opportunity to change positions

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest with employees, communicate, say No to unrealistic deadlines - giving a crappy product on-schedule means nothing, improve image to win new contracts

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Used and dumped

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSteady stream of work, company is doing well financially, expanding

    ConsTo begin with, the chain of command is very messed up. I had no immediate supervisor to report to, and the person that was listed as my 'boss' knew nothing about my department or line of work and only checked in on me once every couple of weeks. However, I realize that some companies work well with this type of structure. That is not my main complaint.

    I was hired on a temporary basis, but about a month into my employment my higher ups started giving me very encouraging words that they had won a contract and were about to bring in a BUNCH of more workers, so I'd be a shoe-in for being brought on permanently. These words of encouragement continued throughout the duration of my employment, and they fully gave the impression that I was pretty much good as permanent.

    Three months in we had a massive multi-week effort to move from our crappy warehouse building to a big fancy new custom-built building across town. They sent out a seating chart for the new building and my name was curiously missing. I assumed this was because I was currently a Temp and had them pencil me into an empty cubicle. Like everybody else in the company I did my part to pack up stuff, move stuff, unload stuff at the new building, and hook stuff up. Everybody was very excited and we couldn't wait to start our new life in a fancy new location.

    On the first day we were in our new building, after I had unpacked, hooked up all of the equipment in my cubicle and started to settle in, I was informed that I was being laid off immediately.

    No words to describe the sense of betrayal.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmployees are not tools, they are assets.

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    More Interested In Acquisitions than compensation or training for Front-Line Employees!

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGreat front-line worker camaraderie and the ESOP is very competitive!

    ConsCompared to other Defense Contractors such as SAIC, CACI the pay is very uncompetitive and it's obvious middle management has been mandated to cut training and compensation in order to go on a acquisition spree. The pay in the D.C. area is around 20% lower than what similar firms pay. On my exit interview the Govt. side wants to know why turn-over is so high and I intend on telling them why! Since turn-over is so high, Ive been told their probably going to lose this Govt. Contract when it comes up for renewal. Greed will cost you in the long run!

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour Acquisition spree in lieu of taking care of your front-line workers will eventually come back to bite you! Trust me, I'm hearing the Govt. is getting tired of you sparing resources on your employees while purchasing assets which reflects your core values.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The old DEI Services

    Electrical Engineer (Former Employee) Winter Park, FL

    ProsThe pay and benefits were good to excellent. At one time, there was a diversity of products to work on. Raises were decent.

    ConsProjects were mismanaged. People were just dumped into projects and expected to "hit the ground running" or they were dropped on the roadside. Projects were behind schedule and their configuration management was a complete mess.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInstall people in management positions who encourage employees to excel and offer opportunities to improve their skill sets. Do not grow too fast, but don't shut the place down either. Reduce operating costs by renegotiating rental contracts for office space.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Large government contracts and a lot of oversight

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosdecent pay, flexible hours, decent onboarding, lots of like-minded colleagues, made good connections

    Consbecause you are working on large government contracts, there's a lot of oversight, all work is tracked down to the minute, i didn't end up performing the job that I was hired to do. ended up doing data entry more than anything

    Advice to Senior Managementdo a better job bidding contracts so that it is not always feast and famine

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